Monday, April 24, 2017

Out of our comfort zone

DSC_0792

When our sweet Stella came to us last summer,
she was a scaredy dog.

DSC_0799

When she met another dog, or got near a busy street,
she would simultaneously bark her head off
and tremble.

DSC_0831

An encounter with another dog would almost certainly
result in embarrassingly bad behavior.

DSC_0847

So we certainly didn't envision any trips to the dog park in her future.

DSC_0862

Over time, though, she has settled in.  She has learned to trust us.
She has had some good experiences playing with the dogs next door.

DSC_0853

We never forgot the friends who told us 
their dog behaved better off leash
with safe boundaries 
and freedom.

DSC_1667

We are grateful that they gently nudged us to get out of our comfort zone with our pup.

DSC_1668

It's so wonderful to see her doing what she was born to do.

DSC_1655

And no matter how far she follows her nose, 
it's never long before she comes back to us.

DSC_1657

Boundaries and freedom.
What a sweet combination.
For us too, I think.
"For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, 
but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline."

2 Timothy 1:7

1 comment:

Rebeckah Leatherman said...

She is doing so well.

Happy Monday, Tracy!